Story Time Favorites With NDK 3-30-15

Maria H. (ndm#130) (1888 Posts)

A Disney blooded, crafty, fun-lovin' wife/mom/organizer/planner, etc who is obsessed with all things Disney 🙂 Maria grew up with the Magic Kingdom and has loved watching WDW evolve into what it is today. A firm believer in the Power of Pixie Dust, she is the owner of The Disney Driven Life - A Community for Neurotic Disney People & a d.i.y. crafty blog, Carousel of Projects - create~inspire~share.


 

**Disclaimer – I received these books for review purposes from the Disney Book Group. All opinions are my own.

Story time is always a favorite in this Neurotic Disney home. NDK (Neurotic Disney Kid) is old enough to read, but not too old to still be read to! Books are wonderful on so many levels. We keep them everywhere – even in the car! Disney Books are a great way to keep Disney at home. Disney Book Group was kind enough to send these books for NDK approval – be sure to look for the NDK Review after the description of each book!

NDK Review 3-30-15Spring is here – and so are many wonderful, new books from Disney! There are new books certain to please any young Disney fan. This week, we are pleased to share eight books that will be available on shelves and online starting TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2015. They are just in time to add to an Easter basket or to take on a park outing and read under a shady tree! Have fun!

Introducing the new “Hands-On” series from Disney:

This fun, interactive series fits all properties and allow the reader to be involved with the storytelling. This instructional book helps children learn numbers and directions such as up, down, left, right, clockwise and counterclockwise. With a simple tap, shake, and touch of Disney magic, this “hands-on” interactive picture book gives a true sense of wonder and love for reading.

  • Do You Want to Build a Snowman Disney Frozen - disney FrozenDo You Want to Build a Snowman?
  • Page Count: 48 * Price: $12.99
  • New “Hands-On” Series of books

From the publisher:

With a simple shake or tap, the readers help Anna and Elsa put Olaf together again! In this truly hands-on interactive picture book, the readers play a part in the storytelling. Through instructional text, children learn numbers and directions such as up, down, left, right, clockwise, and counterclockwise. Toddlers will enjoy the feeling of creating the story and the element of magic and wonder.

  • Shake to Assemble - Marvel avengersShake to Assemble
  • Page Count: 48 * Price: $12.99
  • New “Hands-On” Series of books

From the publisher:

With a simple shake or tap, the readers help the Avengers assemble into action! In this truly hands-on interactive picture book, the readers play a part in the storytelling. Through instructional text, children learn numbers and directions such as up, down, left, right, clockwise, and counterclockwise. Kids will enjoy the feeling of creating the story and the element of magic and wonder.

Both of these books are amazing! While the ages for these books are listed as preschool (3-5 years old), I can promise you that NDK enjoyed these books! It was very refreshing to have interactive books that did not have any technology whatsoever. No batteries to replace, no sounds, no mobile app included. These books use imagination and simple skills.

 The NDK Review: These books are fun. I think that younger kids will really enjoy these books. The books tell you to do things, so you get to have fun with the story instead of just listening to it. It’s almost like a game with your favorite characters. I got to annoy Bruce Banner and turn him into the Hulk! I also got to throw Captain America’s shield to him. In the book, “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” I got to help Anna and Elsa build Olaf! The cover was sparkly, Elsa’s magic was sparkly too! I really liked getting to help make Olaf. At the end of the book, you even get to talk to Olaf. Elsa’s dress and cape are beautiful. The pictures are colorful and pretty!


World of Reading books were always a hit with NDK when she was learning to read. The fun colorful pictures and easy, repetitive words in simple sentences make these books enjoyable for early readers. With levels from Pre-1 through Super Reader, these books allow readers to grow with a series they feel comfortable with. And when paired with your favorite Disney friends, it’s a win-win for everyone!

  • Peck's Trail Mix Mix-Up - Sheriff Callie's Wild WestPeck’s Trail Mix Mix-Up
  • Page Count: 32 * Price: $3.99
  • World of Reading, Level Pre-1

From the back of the book:

Peck’s favorite trail mix is slowly disappearing as the day goes on! Can he catch the trail mix thief?

The NDK Review: This a cute and funny story. I like Sheriff Callie and her friends. This book is very easy to read. There are lots of great pictures, too!

  • Hera's Phantom Flight - Star Wars RebelsHera’s Phantom Flight
  • Page Count: 32 * Price: $3.99
  • World of Reading, Level 2

From the publisher:

Rebel pilot Hera stars in another exciting Star Wars adventure! Featuring exciting full-color art from the show, this World of Reading early reader is perfect for fans who are ready to read on their own.

The NDK Review: I really like how the inside cover shows “A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.” This book has more words and sentences than an easy reader. It’s great for someone who already knows how to read. I am getting to know more about Hera from this book. I like Hera, but I get scared watching Star Wars Rebels. I can enjoy the stories and learn about the characters without getting scared this way!


 

  • Toby Braves the Bully - Sheriff Caliie's Wild WestToby Braves the Bully
  • Page Count: 16 * Price: $3.99
  • Fun foldout pages inside!

From the publisher:

Toby is so excited to be the first-ever newspaper delivery cactus! But a visiting bulldog is trying to ruin his fun. Can Toby stand up to this bulldog bully? Flip the fold on every spread for even more rootin’ tootin’ surprises!

The NDK Review: This is a fun story! Some of the pages fold out and show more to the story! The pictures show more action happening in the stories. Bradley is a bully and he picks on Toby. He isn’t very nice. Toby learns the right way to deal with a bully. Bullies are not nice people and they do mean things to kids like shove them or take their stuff. I learned from this book that if you meet a bully, you should tell the bully to stop. You should tell them they are being mean. You should always be nice.


  • Doc McStuffins Doc on CallDoc McStuffins: Doc on Call
  • Page Count: 40 * Price: $10.99
  • Box set includes four(4) board books

From the publisher:

This value-packed box set of four board books stars the ever adorable Doc McStuffins, Lambie, Stuffy and the rest of the toy gang. The convenient carrying case with plastic handle and velcro closure is perfect to bring to school, take on the road, or keep for storytime at home! Boxed Set includes: Help is on the Way; The Doc at Work; Hooray for Cuddles; and Stuffy the Brave.

  • Jake and the Never Land Pirates Pirate TalesJake and the Never Land Pirates: Pirate Tales
  • Page Count: 40 * Price: $10.99
  • Box set includes four(4) board books

From the publisher:

This value-packed box set of four swashbuckling board books stars Jake, Izzy, Cubby and the rest of the Never Land crew. The convenient carrying case with plastic handle and velcro closure is perfect to bring to school, take on the road, or keep for storytime at home! Boxed Set includes: Adventure Ahoy; Cubby’s Musical Caper; Pixie Dust, Away; and The Tick-Tock Treasure.

The NDK Review: These are board books. These are cute, quick stories. I like how they are in a box. It keeps the stories together and you can carry them with the handle anywhere you want to go. I think books would be great to take with you in the car or when you take a trip to Disney!


  • 5 minute princess palace pets stories5-Minute Princess Palace Pets Stories
  • Page Count: 192 * Price: $12.99
  • Includes 12 stories

As noted before, I am a huge fan of the 5-Minute Stories series. These stories truly only take about 5 minutes to share with your child – which is perfect for sharing at bedtime, or when you only have a few minutes to spare. While NDK is reading these on her own now, she sometimes likes to break out her Princess Palace Pets and read the stories, along with the pets, to me. This is helpful because not only does she get practice reading aloud, these short stories are not overwhelming. This 192 page book features two stories about six Palace Pets: Pumpkin, Berry, Treasure, Teacup, Bayou & Blossom. This book is a must have for any princess collection!

From the publisher:

Meet Pumpkin, Berry, Treasure, Teacup, Bayou & Blossom in this padded-cover treasury. These adorable Palace Pets each have their own unique adoption story to share, as well as exciting adventures with their princesses that are sure to make readers purr with delight. Additionally, each of these twelve stories is the ideal length for reading aloud in just around five minutes–perfect for playtime, bedtime, anytime!

The NDK Review: This book is so adorable. There are stories about how each Princess found her pet and then another story on an adventure they have! My favorite story is “A Performing Puppy for Belle.” Belle’s puppy, Teacup used to be a street performer. She is so cute! I like that the stories are short and I love to read the stories with my pets!